Upgrade vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 to 6.5

VMware vSphere 6.5 has been released as general available and earlier this week I posted about Installing VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 as a new install, this post will walk through upgrading an existing vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 to 6.5!

Similar to a fresh VCSA 6.5 install, the VCSA 6.5 upgrade is also broken up into two stages. The first stage is deploying a new vCenter Server Appliance and the second stage is copying data from the 6.0 VCSA to the newly deployed 6.5 VCSA.

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Installing VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5

VMware has announced that VMware vSphere 6.5 has gone general available this week. Now installing VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 (VCSA) is even easier as the requirement for the client integration plugin has been removed and now the VCSA appliance is delivered via an ISO image with an installation wizard that’s been broken up into two stages.

The VCSA 6.5 ISO offers two types of installation methods, CLI and GUI install – both availalbe for Windows, Mac and Linux machines. In this guide I’ll walk through the steps of installing VCSA 6.5 using the Windows GUI install.

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Who wants to win a sweet home lab?

Turbonomic TurboStack homelab

I’m pretty darn happy with my current home lab, but certainly wouldn’t mind winning the sweet home lab Turbonomic is giving away for FREE!

The Turbonomic TurboStack home lab giveaway consists of an Intel NUC6i5SYK NUC with an Intel Core i5-6260U, 16GB total RAM using HyperX DDR4 memory. For storage the TurboStack home lab includes a Synology DS916+ NAS along with a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD and two WD 1TB 7200 RPM SATA drives. In addition, a Cisco SG300 10-Port Gigabit Managed Switch – they even give you three Ethernet cables!

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VMware Workstation 12.5 and Fusion 8.5 Released

VMware Workstation 12.5

VMware announced VMware Workstation 12.5 and Fusion 8.5 during VMworld 2016 in Las Vegas. Well VMware Workstation 12.5 and Fusion 8.5 is now available for download!

Both Workstation 12.5 and Fusion 8.5 include a large number of fixes, security and performance improvements, but most noticibly both have added support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update as well as Server 2016 operating systems.

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Running Ubiquiti UniFi controller in Docker on Synology NAS

Recently I posted how to run the Ubiquiti UniFi Controller in the cloud using services like Linode, Vultr, or DigitalOcean. However, a few people has asked if I could post instructions on how to run the UniFi controller in Docker, similar how I have CrashPlan running in Docker.

For the steps below I’ll be using my Synology DS1815+ NAS which is compatible to run Docker. If you’re unsure if your model support docker or not you can check here.

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VMware Update Manager U3e upgrade failing? Un-install it!

VMware Update Manager U3e error

I was recently upgrading a VMware environment from vCenter Server Update 3b to Update 3e and during the scheduled change I had also planned on upgrading VMware Update Manager to Update 3e and ran into the following error:

VMware Workstation unrecoverable error: (vthread-3)
GetProcAddress: Failed to resolve ENGINE)load_aesni: 127
You can request support.

Looking for a possible solution at the VMware Knowledge Base came back with no results and to error message wasn’t overly useful either with “VMware Workstation unrecoverable error: (vthread-3)” as Workstation wasn’t installed on this server.

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First look at NAKIVO Backup and Replication v6.1

Earlier this month NAKIVO released version 6.1 of their Backup and Replication application which only adds to their popular 6.0 version adding features like Microsoft Exchange instant object recovery and log truncation as well as other features. As part of the VMware vExpert program NAKIVO has given me a NFR license to try NAKIVO Backup and Replication v6.1 in my home lab and I want to share my initial thoughts about this new version that I’ve had running for the last couple weeks.

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How to install Ubiquiti UniFi controller on the cloud

Recently I replaced my wireless router, an Asus RT-AC66U, with an Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X router and Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LR access point. Both of which are a HUGE step up over traditional consumer wireless routers.

The Ubiquiti access points use software called the Ubiquiti UniFi controller to configure and control the access points which can be installed locally or in the cloud – allowing you to manage the access points no matter where they are located.

To automate the install process, I created a simple script to deploy the Ubiquiti UniFi Controller in the cloud on a Ubuntu server, and have also tested the script on three popular VPS providers: Linode, Vultr, and DigitalOcean – all three worked perfectly!

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